The bottom line is clear: Our vital interests in Afghanistan are limited and military victory is not the key to achieving them. On the contrary, waging a lengthy counterinsurgency war in Afghanistan may well do more to aid Taliban recruiting than to dismantle the group, help spread conflict further into Pakistan, unify radical groups that might otherwise be quarreling amongst themselves, threaten the long-term health of the U.S. economy, and prevent the U.S. government from turning its full attention to other pressing problems. -- Afghanistan Study Group

Thursday, May 5, 2011

War News for Thursday, May 05, 2011

NATO is reporting the death of an ISAF soldier from a non-battle related injury in an undisclosed location in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, May 4th.

US, France eye faster Afghanistan exit

Reported security incidents

#1: A roadside bomb wounded a man when it went off near his armoured car in Baghdad's Abu Nawas street, an Interior Ministry source said.

#2: A bomb placed in a garbage bin wounded two people in al-Nidhal street in central Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

An Iraqi civilian has been killed and three others were injured in an explosive charge blast in Baghdad on Thursday, a security source said. “An explosive charge blew up central Baghdad’s al-Nidhal Street, killing a civilian and wounding three others, early on Thursday,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

#1: A roadside bomb went off near a house in the town of Mussayab, about 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry source said.

#1: A suicide car bomber crashed his vehicle into a barrier outside a police building in central Iraq on Thursday morning, killing 18 policemen and wounding dozens more, a local councilman said. A police official said the bomber hit when the officers were assembling in a square in front of the police building for a shift change in the city of Hillah, about 95 kilometres south of the capital Baghdad. A member of the Hillah city council, Mahmoud al-Murshidi, who spoke to The Associated Press from the hospital, said 18 were killed and 43 people were wounded in the bombing. He said all the casualties were policemen.

Tuz Khurmato:
#1: A roadside bomb went off near a Kurdish security forces patrol, killing two security members and wounding four, including two civilians, in the town of Tuz Khurmato, 170 km (105 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#1: Three people were wounded late on Wednesday when a booby-trapped doll exploded inside a restaurant in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

#2: A policeman has been killed in a blast of an explosive charge, stuck to his car, in northern Iraq’s Mosul city on Thursday, a security source said. “An explosive charge blew up in a car belonging to a policemen in Ninewa Police Directorate in northern Mosul, killing him on the spot,” the security source told Aswat al-Iraq news agency.

Afghanistan: "The Forgotten War"
#1: In the volatile southern province of Kandahar, a NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces airstrike killed four rebels, a statement issued by the governor's office said. "Based on intelligence tips, the bodies of four insurgents were discovered in Arghestan district," it said, adding that no causalities among civilians or government forces were reported.

#2: In neighbouring Helmand province, five insurgents were killed when a group of militants attacked three Afghan police checkpoints in Greshik district overnight, the governor's office said in a statement. There were no police casualties.

#3: A base for South Korea''s aid workers and troops in Afghanistan has been shelled, but no injuries were reported, a military official said today. Four artillery shells dropped in and around the base compound in Charika, a city in the northern Afghan province of Parwan on Wednesday, according to the South Korean military official. "Two of the shells appear to have dropped inside the base, with one of them landing outside and the other detonating in midair. We have yet to confirm who was responsible for the attack," he said, adding that there were no injuries or damages to properties.

DoD: Cpl. Kevin W. White